Did you know there is a way for you to obtain an RN online? There is a little-known program that allows students who are not currently nurses and do not have an existing degree of any type to do their nursing school program online!
Western Governors University (WGU) has a pre-licensure Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) program available entirely online. Of course there are in-person simulation labs and clinical experiences that must be completed to finish the program successfully, but these can be arranged in your local area.
The program is generally completed in two years, and WGU does require the completion of several pre-requisite science courses, including anatomy, physiology and microbiology, prior to starting the program. These pre-requisite courses can be completed at an approved local college location or even online when offered. Students are required to have a GPA of 2.5 or better in all courses to be considered for this special program.
While this program offers a high level of convenience for students, it also demands a great amount of self-motivation and determination to complete. Prior experience in the healthcare field is highly desired, as one of the admission requirements is a letter of recommendation for the program from a current or former employer. The prospective student is also required to complete an interview with the schools’ admission committee in order to be considered.
The Western Governors University website states that students in the program can expect to be spending 25-30 hours per week studying and completing required assignments and exams, and that increases to 40+ hours per week for the final term of the program. If you must work full-time hours throughout the entire program in addition to your nursing studies this may not be the right program for you.
This program offered by WGU is accredited and most students are eligible for financial assistance. The entire program cost is around $17,000, which is quite reasonable for a BSN program. To give you a comparison cost, the average cost of a BSN program is $33,031 according to CollegeCalc.com.
As of writing this post (in 2016) Western Governors University offers the only online nursing program that does not require the student to already have any type of prior degree. If you think this program may be right for you, visit this link at WGU for more information and to begin the online application process.